Mobile ATMs are offering some relief to residents of Bengaluru and Delhi as people across the country are running out of cash. Delhi saw a Punjab National Bank mobile ATM at ITPO Pragati Maidan, while a Canara Bank ATM was seen near MG Road in Bengaluru.
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“I was taking a stroll in the evening on MG Road and found that most of the ATMs were running out of cash. So, I got our mobile ATM, which serves Bengaluru Rural customers, pressed into service,” Deccan Herald, quoted Canara Bank General Manager (Circle Office) M M Chiniwar as saying.
The mobile ATM helped 800 customers withdraw around Rs 8 lakh in cash.
Across cities, banks are putting mobile ATMs in use to help citizens overcome the cash crunch. On Sunday, Dena Bank deployed one on Worli Sea Front in Mumbai. A day before that, PNB placed a mobile ATM outside the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in Delhi “so that family members of patients find it a little convenient to exchange cash”. According to a report in the Times of India, a PNB ATM set out for Morna village was spotted in Sector 35 and briefly chased by people “desperate” for cash
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Mobile ATMs have been rolled out in increased numbers by several banks to provide cash in remote areas, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8. Economic Affair Secretary Shaktikanta Das on Monday, during a press briefing, said, “State chief secretaries and banks have been instructed to identify such rural pockets that have not been supplied enough cash and then immediately dispense cash to them through banking correspondents or mobile banking facility.”